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Women’s Initiative

Sherin and Lodgen is committed to the advancement and success of our women attorneys and professionals. The mission of our Women’s Initiative is to provide an internal network of support that fosters growth and achievement while connecting and learning with outside organizations that directly support women and women’s causes.

Our Managing Partner, Sara Jane Shanahan, is a woman

75% of female attorneys recognized by a major publication (Chambers, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers)

100% of our female partners ranked by a major publication (Chambers, Super Lawyers, Best Lawyers)

60% of our Chambers ranked attorneys are women

S&L Women Leaders

We spoke with the female attorneys here at Sherin and Lodgen about their careers, life outside of the office, and what it means to be a woman in the legal industry to them. Click the profiles below to view their Q&As.



Throughout the year, women attorneys and professionals come together to develop, network, and connect through training programs, roundtable discussions, and one-on-one mentoring.

Past programs have included discussions and training on:

Personal branding

Career management

Time management

Mindfulness and meditation


Sherin and Lodgen is proud to have so many of our women attorneys and professionals recognized for their accomplishments in the legal profession and for their contributions to their communities.


Tanya M. Larrabee (Associate to Watch for Real Estate), Carla M. Moynihan (Real Estate), Sara Jane Shanahan (Litigation: General Commercial), and Nancy S. Shilepsky (Employment)

Ranked nationally and locally by Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms”

Jennifer Ioli Connelly (Real Estate Law), Carla M. Moynihan (Real Estate Law), Sara Jane Shanahan (Commercial Litigation; Litigation- Insurance), Nancy S. Shilepsky (Employment Law – Individuals; Employment Law – Management; Litigation – Labor and Employment), and Dustyn Marie Mascia (Ones to Watch)


Beth A. Goldstein, Carla M. Moynihan, Sara Jane Shanahan (Top 50 Women in MA), Nancy S. Shilepsky (Top 50 Women in MA), Jennifer Ioli Connelly (Rising Star), Tanya M. Larrabee (Rising Star), Dustyn Marie Mascia (Rising Star), and Theresa M. Santoro (Rising Star)

Beth A. Goldstein, Carla M. Moynihan, Sara Jane Shanahan, and Nancy S. Shilepsky have all been named “Top Women of Law” by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, Sara and Nancy have both been inducted into its "Circle of Excellence," and Beth A. Goldstein has been named an “Up and Coming” Lawyer

Tanya M. Larrabee (2023 Ones to Watch Spotlight), Jennifer I. Connelly (2021 Ones to Watch Spotlight) and Beth A. Goldstein (2020 Women in Real Estate Spotlight)

Beth A. Goldstein and Jennifer Ioli Connelly graduates of NAIOP Massachusetts Leadership Institute

In Celebration of Women: Female Restaurateurs

As part of our “Doing Good Together” initiative, Sherin and Lodgen’s Women’s Initiative would like to highlight some of our favorite local female restaurateurs as a continuation of our Q&A Series, launched in March in honor of International Women’s Month.

In Celebration of Women: Women in Renewable Energy

The third installment of our Women’s Initiative’s “In Celebration of Women Q&A Series” features women in the Renewable Energy industry, working every day to create a cleaner future.

Beth A. Goldstein, interviewed during our first segment of the series, S&L leaders, is chair of the firm’s national Renewable Energy Practice Group, which represents lenders, developers, municipalities, and companies committed to sustainability through solar, wind, hydro, and energy storage initiatives. Attorneys Colleen V. CollinsJennifer Ioli ConnellyTanya L. Larrabee, and Carla M. Moynihan are also integral members of the group. To learn more about S&L’s renewable energy experience and capabilities, visit the practice group page.

In Celebration of Women: Girls on the Run Greater Boston Q&A

The fourth installment of S&L’s Women’s Initiative’s “In Celebration of Women” Q&A Series spotlights the work of Girls on the Run (GOTR) Greater Boston. The national non-profit organization designs programming that strengthens third to eighth grade girls’ social, emotional, physical and behavioral skills to successfully navigate life experiences. Jennifer Ioli Connelly, partner in the firm’s Real Estate Department and Renewable Energy Practice Group, currently serves on GOTR Greater Boston’s Board of Directors.

GOTR Greater Boston’s fourth annual Sneaker Soirée will be held on Thursday, October 21nd at 6 p.m. at the Aloft Seaport Hotel Boston. Learn more about the event and register to attend here.

In Celebration of Women: Women in Commercial Real Estate Development Q&A

For our fifth installment of the “In Celebration of Women Q&A Series,” we highlighted women in Commercial Real Estate Development who are building the future of Boston and beyond.

Our Women’s Initiative’s “In Celebration of Women Q&A Series” aims to recognize the women making major strides and paving the way for others in their respective fields of work, many of which are in traditionally male-dominated industries.